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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

An operating system in PHP

By Justin Silverton

Is it possible? a full-fledged operating system written in PHP? I never thought so before, but I recently found a great application that proves me wrong. Even though it has some help from java, flash, and javascript, it is still a very fast and functional OS. It is also open source, so you can install it on your own server, but if you don't have the hardware, a free account can be created on their servers.

first, here is some info on how to get it:

it's called eyeos and you can create a free account here: http://www.eyeos.info
the main site is located here: http://www.eyeos.org
API Info: http://www.eyeos.org/appsAPI
mini-server for windows: http://www.eyeos.org/miniserver
Source code: http://www.eyeos.org/Downloads

Introduction

With eyeOS you can access your data and your applications anywhere, anytime. A virtual office in your hands, no need to install anything in the computer. Everything lives in the browser, for you and your work colleagues. eyeOS is open source and free software. Set up freely an account on our servers or, if you prefer it, install it in your server. Make your life easier with the virtual word processor, calendar, file manager, messenger, browser and other applications. And if you want more applications, just visit the eyeOS Application Database!

My review

Today, I created a free account online. Below is a screenshot of the built-in word-processor:



What I liked about it:

A) Very fast and Responsive Interface
B) Open Source and easy-to-use API
C) Written in PHP
D) eye candyish graphics

Where I feel it needs work

A) Not many apps. I think with an increase in user support, it will become more of a development platform than a proof of concept.

Conclusion

Although it may not have a wide variety of uses right now, it is very interesting to see that it is possible to create an entire platform using PHP and other web technologies.

Other Operating systems in PHP

Ssearching the Internet, I also found some other Operating Systems written in PHP:

Phoenixz: http://sourceforge.net/projects/phoenixz/

Jsuix (not PHP, but a unix like OS written in javascript): http://www.masswerk.at/jsuix/

2 Comments:

  • It isn't an OS, it is a Web 2.0 application at most. Also, I coulda swore it was AJAX.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM  

  • it was web OS.

    also, AJAX is a client-side technology. An AJAX APP could use ASP or PHP for it's back-end. In This Case, it's PHP.

    By Blogger justin silverton, at 9:55 AM  

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